Talking to myself and other fun stuff!

I made a deal with myself…I couldn’t start the third border of “Friends of Baltimore” until I completed The Elissa block from Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea”.

Oddly enough, I make deals with myself all the time……clean the bathroom and then you can sit and stitch…start dinner and while the pasta is cooking you can sit and stitch….get up a little earlier and you can sit and stitch.  You get the picture!

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So, here we go!  I decided to start with the vines coming out of the bouquet.  I should mention that I have traced the design on the background with a Clover water soluble marker.

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I was just itching to start the vase…so that is what I did!  I used the same blues as I did for the flowers in The Elissa block.

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I am not going to be shy…I love the way this vase turned out!!

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Next, I added a few more leaves and tiny stems.

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And a few purple flowers….

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Next, I added some pretty posies!

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When I filled the vase with all of the flowers, something started to niggle at me. The light pink rose gets lost in the boquet.

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So then, I started a conversation with myself.  I guess by now you have figured out that I talk to myself…a lot!!  I started to think that in real life, someone may have put a pale pink rose into a vase with brightly coloured flowers and it might look just fine.  Someone else might look at the block and think it looks just fine.  Maybe I am just being too critical of my work.  But the reality is, I know that if it bugs me now, it is going to bug me even more once it is quilted.  So I replaced the flower with one that has just a little more oomph!

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I have  added a few more rows onto my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.  Only two more rows to go…yippee!  I have already decided (after many converastions with myself!) about how I am going to hand-quilt it.  I will keep you posted!

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Til next time…

Kerry

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Lazy Days of Summer

This past weekend  my husband and I travelled to Amherst Island with my sister-in-law and her husband to attend the Emerald Music Festival.  We stayed in a wonderful cottage that belongs to my husband’s cousin.  Not only was it filled with some awesome antiques, she also had a collection of old quilts that immediately caught my attention…this one especially.  It is hand-appliqued and hand-quilted  The applique pieces are pretty worn in some spots.  This is the only block that has at least some of each appliqued piece.  The rest are pretty faded.

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I love the scalloped edge.  Sadly, there was no label.  (Note to self…label ALL quilts!)

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We had a blast cooking breakfast on this 1952 Moffat stove…once we figured out how to turn it on!!

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And best of all, I found the perfect spot to work away on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.

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Til next time…

Kerry

Anchors Aweigh!

Now that the leaves, flowers and most of the ship is stitched, it is time to start the anchor.  It is just a teensy bit challenging, so I thought I would show you how I tackled it.   You can see it is a little on the small side.  Just take a deep breath!

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First, I placed it on the fabric so  that most of the straight pieces are on the bias rather than the straight grain.

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Next, I reverse appliqued the inner circle.  When I do fiddley pieces like this, I don’t cut out the whole piece at once, just the section I am working on.  It is easier to handle if it a big piece of fabric.  No doubt about it, this is a tiny seam allowance, so I used just a dab of Fray Check on the seam allowance.

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I trimmed a small part of the seam allowance and prepped it before trimming more seam allowance…

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These right angles can be tricky, so I fold the section to be prepped towards myself so I can really get my mini-iron in the corner.

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That wasn’t so hard, now was it??

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This is the part I really enjoy…taking the freezer paper out!

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So once that was done, I placed it on the block, along with the rope, which I will be honest, was a piece of cake compared to the anchor!

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Since I don’t have any handquilting on the go right now, I am managing to get my hexies stitched together.  Sweet!

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Til next time…

Kerry

 

To Everything There Is A Season, Block 5

My apologies for being a little late in getting the next block of “To Everything There Is A Season” posted.  Hubby and I have been camping at a local campsite.  I told him I had to come home early to get some laundry done, but really I wanted to come home to finish the block.  Mum’s the word!

This block, Fall Kaleidoscope, is available on my website Simple Bird Studio, along with Blocks 1-4.  You can choose from having a digital pattern emailed to you, or you can go old school and order a paper pattern.  If you order the digital pattern, I will email your pattern to you as soon as I can (usually within a couple of hours).

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Oddly enough, I was a little slow starting this block because I found all the points a  little intimidating.  Once I finally started the block, I found myself thinking that there is not one single thing in this block to be scared of.  Honestly!  It went together very nicely!  Here are a few little hints to help you along the way…

I used 3 different shades of gold for the petals and just placed them randomly.

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Next, I prepped a complete section of straw and leaves and left it on my design wall for a while.  I decided the dark green leaf was too dark and so I switched it up.  (Yes, you are allowed to change your mind!)

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Once I decided on which green to use in place of the dark one, I completed all of the leaves.

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Then, I added the rest of the straw.

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And, finally, some cattails!

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Til next time….

Kerry